Rear view of a young boy walking down an old street after school. The other kids playing at the end of the road.
© Taylan Soyturk Fotografia

“In the 17th century, when the Ottoman Empire began bringing European experts in to help modernize the city, most of them settled in the Pera district, today the Istiklal Caddesi area. Many of the French residents clustered on this street, which became known as Fransiz Sokagi, or French Street. Its heyday was in the late 19th century, when the French population introduced the first cinemas and cafes into the area and architect Marius Michel designed many of the buildings on the left hand side of the street. During the uprisings for independence in Algeria, the Turkish government changed the name of the street to Algeria street, or Cezayir Sokak as a sign of solidarity, but it is still popularly known as Fransiz Sokagi. In 2004 Mehmet Taşdiken led a restoration of the street, re-exerting its French feel even in the cobblestones and street lamps.” This picture was taken a few years before the restoration of the street where is now full of cafes and restaurants, even an art galleries.


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